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A Century of Genius

a singular musical event


In October 2017, more than twenty of the world's leading jazz artists gathered at a warehouse in downtown Durham, NC, to celebrate the centenary of musical icon Thelonious Monk. Presented by Duke Performances, the MONK@100 festival was the largest and most meaningful celebration of Monk's music anywhere in the world. 

MONK@100: A CENTURY OF GENIUS is a feature-length documentary that tells the story of this singular musical event and the man who inspired it. The documentary will provide viewers with both an electrifying concert experience and an illuminating, behind-the-scenes look at the musicians, artists and visionaries collaborating to bring Monk’s legacy to life, while at the same time reflecting on the indelible impact Thelonious Sphere Monk has had on music the world over. 


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support the film

In the coming weeks, we will launch a fundraising campaign to support the next round of production work and the start of post-production on the feature documentary.

If you are interested in contributing and staying involved with the project, please join our mailing list so we can keep in touch. 



meet the team


Matt Durning

Director, Producer, Director of Photography, Editor

Matt Durning is a documentary director, shooter, producer and editor based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He has helped shoot and produce documentary features and TV series for HBO, ESPN, PBS FRONTLINE/World, Smithsonian Channel, Ovation TV, and Al Jazeera America. He has produced award-winning web series for WIRED Magazine and the original YouTube series PRODIGIES, which has received over 50 million views. He has shot and produced independent documentary projects on four continents. 

Chris Desanty

Producer, Camera Operator

Chris Desanty is a Boston-based director, videographer & editor. He owns DeSant Productions (

Brett Scibal

Editor, Camera Operator

Brett Scibal is a shooter and editor based in Raleigh, NC. Hailing from Morehead City, Brett is a graduate of UNC-Wilmington's media studies program. Check out his work at

Ismail Abdelkhalek

Senior Camera Operator

Ismail Abdelkhalek is a Durham-based director of photography and editor with more than 15 years experience as a visual storyteller. He is the owner/principal of IndyBrain Pictures (

Additional Camera Operators

D.L. Anderson

Mikel Barton

Jeff Buckner

Caleb Childers

Ted Richardson

Adam Thomas

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Connect with us


Want to help bring this documentary to life? Have a story to share about your experience at the MONK@100 festival or the impact Thelonious Monk and his music have had on your life?

Reach out directly at the address below to receive more information about our project and how you can become a part of this musical journey.